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Spurs-Thunder: Game 6 sets Thunder ratings record with 34.9 in Oklahoma City

Media notes: TNT's national ratings for Western Conference Finals up from last year
by Mel Bracht Published: June 7, 2012

Birmingham, Ala., was the top local market with ratings of 11.0, 12.5 and 9.6 for the three games. Oklahoma City set local records with ratings of 5.6, 4.9 and 4.1.


*Danny Kanell, a former two-sport athlete at Florida State, will be the analyst on the OU-South Carolina Super Regional baseball series airing at 7 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Monday on ESPNU. Mark Neely will do the play-by-play.

*Former OU gymnast Jonathan Horton will be among the competitors at the Visa Championships from St. Louis. NBC will air the men's finals at noon Saturday and women's finals at 3 p.m. Sunday. Results from the meet will determine who qualifies for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Gymnastics competition.

*Tom Hammond and Bob Costas will co-host NBC's coverage of the Belmont Stakes, 3:30-6 p.m. Saturday, as I'll Have Another's attempts to become the first horse in 34 years to win the Triple Crown.

*ESPN and ESPN2 are combining to air all 31 matches from the UEFA European Football Championship 2012, beginning with the Poland-Greece match at 11 a.m. Friday on ESPN. ESPN Deportes also will carry all 31 matches.

*Turner Sports will begin its 30th consecutive year of NASCAR coverage with the Pocono 400 at 11 a.m. Sunday. A new weekly feature, “Next Generations,” will explore the history of NASCAR through the eyes of current and former champions — Jimmie Johnson, Ned Jarrett and Bill Elliott — and TNT analysts Kyle Petty and Larry McReynolds.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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